Plainly the austerity policies imposed on the Greek people over the last five years have failed, and the Greek people’s decisive vote for the Syriza government to represent this position is commendable.
If the EU is to have *any* credibility, then it must find a position that enables the current Greek government to fulfil its democratic mandate.
M. Veroufakis‘ call for a referendum is a triumph for European democracy.
The Eurogroup Meeting of 27th June 2015 will not go down as a proud moment in Europe’s history. Ministers turned down the Greek government’s request that the Greek people should be granted a single week during which to deliver a Yes or No answer to the institutions‘ proposals – proposals crucial for Greece’s future in the Eurozone. The very idea that a government would consult its people on a problematic proposal put to it by the institutions was treated with incomprehension and often with disdain bordering on contempt. I was even asked: „How do you expect common people to understand such complex issues?“. Indeed, democracy did not have a good day in yesterday’s Eurogroup meeting! But nor did European institutions. After our request was rejected, the Eurogroup President broke with the convention of unanimity (issuing a statement without my consent) and even took the dubious decision to convene a follow up meeting without the Greek minister, ostensibly to…
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